MANILA – The Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is defending its crackdown on vehicles using the Uber service, saying the online transportation service is not authorized to operate in the country.
LTFRB: UBER Vehicle Service Are "colorum"
Oct 24, 2014 at 5:59 PM
Posted by : Pinoy Secret Writer
Filed Under : News & Events
LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said Uber is no different from “colorum” units, or vehicles that operate as public transportation services without a franchise.
Uber is a service that allows users to hail private vehicles through its mobile app. Uber's roster of service vehicles include units of Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Montero, Toyota Camry, and Hummer.
“Parang wala na siyang pagkakaiba sa mga colorum natin na mga van,” Ginez told dzMM on Friday.
“We are very strong on enforcement of the joint administrative order against colorum vehicles,” he added.
Ginez noted that the LTFRB welcomes innovative, tech-based transportation services, as long as these services “will operate like the other taxi applications,” which apply for franchises and licenses to operate.
He added that because Uber vehicles are not registered with the LTFRB, it puts in jeopardy the safety and security of its passengers.
“Walang accountability sa government ang mga private vehicles na ito. Ibig sabihin, dahil wala silang franchise, then they are not bound by the conditions ng mga taxi licenses. For example, our requirement na accident liability insurance,” Ginez said.
“The government will not have any way of protecting itong mga individuals na gumagamit ng private vehicles na ito dahil hindi sila sakop ng LTFRB,” he added.
The LTFRB chief, however, said the agency is open to a dialogue with the owners and operators of Uber units to discuss ways on how the service can comply with Philippine laws.
Several Uber units have been apprehended by the LTFRB through sting operations conducted since Wednesday.
Ginez said the LTFRB conducted the operation following complaints from the Philippines National Taxi Operators Association that the private vehicle service has been affecting their service.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), meanwhile, has called on the LTFRB to allow Uber vehicles to operate because it promotes carpooling, and ultimately helps ease traffic.
Uber has expressed its disappointment over LTFRB’s actions, adding that it is committed to improving transportation options for its Filipino customers.
“Uber is committed to put the interest of consumers and their communities as priority by bringing something fresh and new to a sector that is characterized by stagnation. Safe, reliable, and convenient transportation options - something that Filipinos have been demanding for a long time now,” said Mike Brown, regional general manager of Southeast Asia and Australia at Uber.
Uber, which operates in 45 countries, launched its services in Manila in March.
Source: ABS-CBN NEWS